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The 21st century is commonly referred to as the 'Pacific Century.' For such a prediction to materialize, the economies of the Asia-Pacific must lead the globe. What challenges will the region face? What nations stand to benefit most? The Diplomat's economics and business blog, Pacific Money, will try to tackle these questions and more.

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RCEP Will Drive ASEAN Economic Recovery
December 17, 2021

RCEP Will Drive ASEAN Economic Recovery

By Sithanonxay Suvannaphakdy
On January 1, 2022, RCEP will take effect and should serve as a key engine of trade and economic recovery for the entire region.
China’s Long-Term Economic Direction
December 16, 2021

China’s Long-Term Economic Direction

By Sara Hsu
Xi Jinping has been clear that China’s old economic model is a thing of the past. The new one, however, is only starting to take shape.

Why Isn’t There More Inflation in Indonesia Right Now?
December 15, 2021

Why Isn’t There More Inflation in Indonesia Right Now?

By James Guild
Unlike the U.S. and Europe, the nation is much less directly integrated into global supply chains.

Ecuador and the First AIIB Project in Latin America
December 10, 2021

Ecuador and the First AIIB Project in Latin America

By Juan Manuel Harán
Parsing Ecuador’s $50 million project and the future of the China-led development bank in Latin America.

The Future of LNG in Vietnam After COP26
December 08, 2021

The Future of LNG in Vietnam After COP26

By Quynh Tran
Liquid natural gas could help Vietnam wean itself off coal while satisfying its growing demand for electricity.
Making Sense of Mitratel’s $1.3 Billion Dollar IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange
December 07, 2021

Making Sense of Mitratel’s $1.3 Billion Dollar IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange

By James Guild
The listing sends the message that the government is willing to make room for the safe investment of private capital in Indonesia.

How Indonesia and Singapore Can Deepen Their Renewable Energy Cooperation
December 03, 2021

How Indonesia and Singapore Can Deepen Their Renewable Energy Cooperation

By Dedi Dinarto and Gerardus Yosari
In many ways, the two nations are natural partners in the development of green energy sources.
Thai Telcos Dtac and True Are Planning a Merger
November 30, 2021

Thai Telcos Dtac and True Are Planning a Merger

By James Guild
If approved, the merger between the two firms will create the country's largest telecommunications firm.

The Idiosyncrasies of China’s Bond Market
November 25, 2021

The Idiosyncrasies of China’s Bond Market

By Kate Jaquet
China’s bond market appears hampered by unpredictable default mechanisms, non-standardized bond covenants, and unreliable bond ratings.

Thailand’s PTT Makes Its Electric Vehicle Play
November 23, 2021

Thailand’s PTT Makes Its Electric Vehicle Play

By James Guild
PTT is a multi-billion-dollar behemoth entirely structured around the exploration, processing, and trading of fossil fuels. So why is it leaning hard into the EV sector?

China’s Risky Investments: Wealth Management Products and Corporate Bonds
November 23, 2021

China’s Risky Investments: Wealth Management Products and Corporate Bonds

By Sara Hsu
Recent missed payments show why these are some of the riskiest assets in China.
In Light of Evergrande, It’s Time to Talk About the ‘Big Four’
November 08, 2021

In Light of Evergrande, It’s Time to Talk About the ‘Big Four’

By James Borton
Evergrande’s crisis once again calls into question the role of international auditing firms – and raises doubts over what other secrets their seal of approval may be hiding.

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